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[photo, John M. Colmers, Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene] JOHN M. COLMERS, Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene

Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene since March 6, 2007. Acting Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene, January 17, 2007 to March 6, 2007.

Member, Governor's Executive Council, 2007-; Children's Cabinet, 2007-. Chair, State Children's Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council, 2007-; Maryland Pandemic Influenza Coordinating Committee, 2007-; Mental Health Transformation Working Group, 2007-. Member, Interagency Committee on Aging Services, 2007-; Governor's Intergovernmental Commission for Agriculture, 2007-; Maryland Agricultural Education and Rural Development Assistance Board, 2007-; Appalachian States Low-Level Radioactive Waste Commission, 2007-; Asbestos Oversight Committee, 2007-; State Child Fatality Review Team, 2007-; Delinquency Prevention and Diversion Services Task Force, 2007-; Interagency Disabilities Board, 2007-; State Emergency Medical Services Board, 2007-; Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities, 2007-; Governor's Family Violence Council (formerly Governor's Council on Family Violence Prevention), 2007-; Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs, 2007-; Governor's Interagency Council on Homelessness, 2007-; State Coordinating Committee for Human Services Transportation, 2007-; State Advisory Council on Medical Privacy and Confidentiality, 2007-; Interdepartmental Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs, 2007-; Oversight Committee on Quality of Care in Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities, 2007-; Pesticide Advisory Committee, 2007-; Rural Maryland Council, 2007-; Maryland School-Based Health Center Policy Advisory Council, 2007-; Statewide Empowerment Zones for Seniors Commission, 2007-. Board of Directors, Maryland Health Insurance Plan, 2008-. Vice-Chair, Maryland Health Quality and Cost Council, 2008-. Member, Commission to Study the Impact of Immigrants in Maryland, 2008-; Task Force to Study Financial Matters Relating to Long-Term Care Facilities, 2008-; Task Force to Review Physician Shortages in Rural Areas, 2008-; Advisory Council on Prescription Drug Monitoring, 2008-; Task Force to Study the Procurement of Health and Social Services by State Agencies, 2008-; Veterans Behavioral Health Advisory Board, 2008-. Chair, Maryland State Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council, 2008- (member, 2007-). Member, Task Force on Prisoner Re-entry, 2009-.

Member, Task Force on Minority Participation in the Environmental Community, 2007. Chair, Task Force on Health Care Access and Reimbursement, 2007-08. Member, Task Force to Study the Developmental Disabilities Administration Rate-Payment Systems, 2007-08; Task Force to Study Group-Home Education and Placement Practices, 2007-08; Maryland Advisory Council for New Americans, 2007-08; Task Force to Study the Feasibility of Developing Urban Senior Care Communities in Baltimore City, 2007-08; Task Force to Study State Assistance to Veterans, 2007-08; Advisory Committee on the Management and Protection of the State's Water Resources (2005), 2007-08; Task Force to Study Issues Related to Students Subject to Multiple Suspensions, 2008.

Executive Director, State Health Services Cost Review Commission, 1987-93 (chief, methodology dept., and deputy director, 1981-87); Maryland Health Care Access and Cost Commission, 1993-99; Maryland Health Care Commission, 1999-2000.

Born in Stamford, Connecticut, September 26, 1953. The Johns Hopkins University, B.S. (political science & psychology), 1975; University of North Carolina, M.P.H. (health administration), 1977. Chair, Reforming States Group, 1998-2000 (member, 1994-98; national bipartisan healthcare reform group). Member, Committee on the National Quality Report on Health Care Delivery, Institute of Medicine, 2000. Co-Chair, Steering Committee on Serious, Reportable Events, The National Quality Forum, 2000-01. Senior Program Officer, Milbank Memorial Fund, 2000-07. Contributing editor, American Journal of Public Health, 2001-. Chair, Board of Directors, CareFirst of Maryland, Inc., 2004-07. Chair, Board of Directors, Academy Health, 2009- (member, 2004-; executive committee; treasurer).

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